How to Get Cute Family Pictures with Your Child

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I’m going to be honest y’all, some (most) times I dread photoshoots with Leighton. They are long and tiring, and she gets hungry and cranky. I mean… she is a toddler, so I get it! I get hungry, cranky and tired during them sometimes too. But I am SO happy that having this blog has forced me to constantly take pictures with Leighton! I have all these pictures of us together that I would have NEVER had otherwise! Before I started this blog almost 7 years ago, I never took professional pictures for any occasion!

Leighton and I take pictures together usually at least once every month. This age has been hard, so some days we get good pictures and other days we don’t, but I love having them to look back on regardless. I realized this year that somehow we had skipped taking Mother’s Day pictures together over the last 2 years!! Life gets busy, you know?? So I immediately scheduled a photoshoot at Memphis Botanic Garden to get some pictures with Leighton.

I picked the Botanic Garden because they have this amazing kids play area there, My Big Backyard. I was hoping that even if she didn’t want to take pictures with me, I could hopefully get some cute and fun pictures of her playing. It was early in the morning and Leighton was hungry and ready to play and was not feeling pictures. Thankfully I had my mom there, and Mary Kate’s son, Mark, was there. That cheered her up a little, and we were able to get just enough to have some pretty pictures that I’ve already ordered prints of and just can’t wait to frame!

And right after we took these pictures, it started pouring down raining. But it worked out. We got some great pictures together, and Leighton still got to play outside with Mark some as the rain let up. I love the way the pictures turned out, and honestly I am glad I decided on jeans instead of a dress for pictures. Family pictures these days consist of me carrying Leighton around or chasing her, so pants and sandals are a must!

If you’re wanting to get some cute family pictures with your toddler, I am sharing a few tips below.

TOP 3 TIPS TO TAKE CUTE FAMILY PICTURES WITH YOUR CHILD

Set realistic expectations.

I was hoping to get a few good pictures, and anything more than that was a bonus.

Always pack snacks, drinks and special treats or toys.

Don’t show all your cards at once. Save some of the toys and treats for later when you’ve exhausted all other means!

Take pictures at a time when your child is the most rested and happy.

Find a place to take pictures that has a fun playground, or at least have a fun incentive for afterwards.

No, I’m not above toddler bribery. = )

What about you? Do you take Mother’s Day pictures each year? I would love to hear your tips!

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How to Get Cute Family Pictures with Your Child featured by top US life and style blog, Walking in Memphis in High Heels: image of a woman wearing a BB Dakota off the shoulder blouse, Good American skinny jeans, Tory Burch flies flops and her daughter wearing an Egg Baby floral dress and Pediped silver sandals
How to Get Cute Family Pictures with Your Child featured by top US life and style blog, Walking in Memphis in High Heels: image of a woman wearing a BB Dakota off the shoulder blouse, Good American skinny jeans, Tory Burch flies flops and her daughter wearing an Egg Baby floral dress and Pediped silver sandals
How to Get Cute Family Pictures with Your Child featured by top US life and style blog, Walking in Memphis in High Heels: image of a woman wearing a BB Dakota off the shoulder blouse, Good American skinny jeans, Tory Burch flies flops and her daughter wearing an Egg Baby floral dress and Pediped silver sandals

SHOP OUR FAMILY PICTURES LOOKS:

How to Get Cute Family Pictures with Your Child featured by top US life and style blog, Walking in Memphis in High Heels: image of a woman wearing a BB Dakota off the shoulder blouse, Good American skinny jeans, Tory Burch flies flops and her daughter wearing an Egg Baby floral dress and Pediped silver sandals
How to Get Cute Family Pictures with Your Child featured by top US life and style blog, Walking in Memphis in High Heels: image of a woman wearing a BB Dakota off the shoulder blouse, Good American skinny jeans, Tory Burch flies flops.
  1. Liz

    This is such a great post and amazing tips! Your daughter is such a doll too!

  2. Tanvi Rastogi

    These are some useful and practical tips. Your pictures with your kids are always spot on.

    ❥ tanvii.com

  3. shelly

    She has just gotten so grown up! You will treasure these pictures. So funny I have photo tips that are similar even for my adult children..lol…and it involves a mixed drink or two. 🙂

  4. Cathy

    These are such good tips! Toddlers are so hard to photograph, so these tips are great!

    XOXO
    Cathy

  5. Laura Leigh

    These are great tips girl friend! Thanks for sharing – will keep in mind of rite future!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  6. Lydia

    Kids can be so tricky when it comes to the camera, but you really did get some adorable shots of the two of you!
    Chic on the Cheap

  7. Jessica Camerata

    Such sweet photos!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  8. Jamaria Johnson

    This is super sweet! Sounds like you got it figured out and the pictures are so beautiful! xo

  9. Kileen

    These are great tips mama! It can definitely be a challenge and I think having snacks and drinks on deck are a huge help!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  10. Renee || Getting Fit Fab

    These are really great tips! I always keep food and drinks on hand even for just me. I love that you have so many pictures together!

  11. Anabelle

    Sooo many great tips!!!